Palm Beach Cardinals Player of the Year: 2010

Outfielder Alex Castellanos led the Palm Beach Cardinals in most offensive categories on his way to being named the team's Player of the Year.

It was a rough year for the Palm Beach Cardinals. After setting themselves up for a playoff run, a late season swoon ended those hopes and sent the A-Advanced level team home early for the off-season. At the plate, the Cardinals finished in the middle of the pack in most offensive categories. Individually, one player stood out from among the rest.

Alex Castellanos led the team in the Triple Crown categories (batting average, home runs, and RBIs) as well as on base and slugging percentage. The right-handed hitter also led the team in hits, doubles, triples, total bases, and tied for the team lead in steals with 19.

The 24-year-old led the Florida State League in doubles while his .462 slugging mark ranked third in the league. Castellanos was fifth in OPS and sixth in triples. His home run total was fifth in the league, and he tied for fifth in total bases.

In the sabermetric categories, Castellanos finished second in the league in isolated power, sixth in the league in weighted on base average (wOBA), seventh in wRC, and fifth in wRAA.

When the team was trying to make its playoff push, the 24-year-old was at his best. During the month of July, Castellanos hit .348/.394/.633 with eight doubles, four triples, four home runs and 16 RBIs in 25 games. For his performance, he was named the Cardinals' organization Player of the Month.

For his season-long accomplishments, Alex Castellanos is The Cardinal Nation/ Palm Beach Cardinals Player of the Year for 2010.

Honorable Mention

Xavier Scruggs finished tied for the team lead in home runs and finished second in RBIs with 53. This was accomplished in only 87 games because Scruggs was then promoted to Double-A Springfield. Between the two stops, the former UNLV star slugged 21 long balls.

Bouncing back-and-forth between Springfield and Palm Beach, Charles Cutler punished the FSL pitchers while in Florida. The backstop hit .292/.368/.409 in 154 at bats with Palm Beach.

No one doubts Ryan Jackson in the field but there are plenty of questions about his bat. In 41 games after being promoted from Quad Cities, the former Miami Hurricane temporarily quieted some of those critics. The shortstop hit .291/.342/.392 in 148 at bats. Jackson finished strongly, hitting .350 in his last 10 games.

Before being promoted to Springfield, Matt Carpenter reached base at a .441 clip on his way to putting together one of the top seasons in the Cardinals' minor league system.

Tommy Pham reached base at a .377 clip in 68 games for the Cardinals. The toolsy outfielder's 42 walks ranked second on the team even though he was promoted to Springfield at the beginning of July.

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